EXCO DECISIONS: AIRS NOW SOLE REVENUE COLLECTION AGENCY IN ANAMBRA, PLANS TO REINVIGORATE APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME

REPORTER: BEN ILECHUKWU

The Anambra State Government has ordered Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to stop collecting revenues for government henceforth.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Paul Nwosu, at the end of the State Executive Council Meeting held at Government House, Awka.

According to the statement, the responsibility to collect revenues now rests solely with Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (AIRS), which has digitised the process of collecting IGR to reduce some leakages.

It further stated that the State Executive Council discussed the need to centralize the data of all the MDAs with the State’s Information Communication Technology Agency.

This is to avoid the situation where ICT vendors in the past had worked for different MDAs and at the expiration of their contract still held on to valuable data thereby holding government to ransom.

It said that the Anambra State ICTA had been charged with the responsibility to holistically consolidate and manage the data of all the MDAs in Anambra State.

Also approved by the Executive Council was the need for a baseline data pool.

It further directed that each Ministry must own and be able to provide baseline data on itself and MDAs under it.

It noted that henceforth government’s decisions would be evidence-based and data driven.

The statement indicated that an elaborate presentation was made by the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Dr. Obinna Ngonadi, on enhancing the Igbo Apprenticeship Scheme, popularly known in Igbo as “Igba Boi.”

The statement said that Dr. Ngonadi observed that the apprenticeship scheme, which is peculiar to Igbo people and had over the years been a unique venture capital raising model studied in business schools around the world, is now under threat.

To reinvigorate this unique business model, the statement said that the State Executive Council had set up a committee to come up with ways to enhance the apprenticeship scheme for formulation of an enduring policy on the dying scheme.

EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU

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